Robbins, Patrick D.

Patrick D. Robbins


Patrick D. Robbins is the Managing Partner of the firm’s San Francisco and Menlo Park offices and Co-Chair of the firm’s Criminal and Enforcement practice area.  Mr. Robbins represents companies, officers, directors and employees in internal and regulatory investigations, and criminal and civil litigation.  His matters involve foreign corrupt practices, antitrust, accounting and securities fraud, insider trading, trade secret, and health care violations, and obstruction of justice.  His company clients have included Toyota Motor Corporation, Morgan Stanley, Microsoft, Adobe Systems, United Continental Airlines, Bechtel Corporation, SAP S.E., and MGM Resorts International.  The publication Chambers and Partners has recommended Mr. Robbins, citing his “great judgment and ability to bring a wealth of experience in an effective and valuable way.”  Legal 500 similarly endorsed Mr. Robbins for his “intelligence, common sense, integrity, diligence and wisdom.”  Mr. Robbins has earned Martindale-Hubbell’s AV Preeminent rating, for legal ethics and ability, and has been named a Northern California “Super Lawyer” for white collar matters every year since 2006.

Before becoming a partner at the firm, Mr. Robbins was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Northern District of California (San Francisco) for ten years, prosecuting white collar cases involving securities, commodities, mail and wire fraud, insider trading, money laundering, theft of trade secrets and obstruction, as well as organized crime, narcotics, firearms, and bank robbery cases.  He represented the United States in numerous federal jury trials and appellate arguments before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  From 2000 to 2001, Mr. Robbins served as Pacific Regional Coordinator for DOJ’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, and as Deputy Chief of the Narcotics Section.  From 2002 to 2004, he was Chief of the Office’s Securities Fraud Section and led the Department of Justice’s investigation into criminal manipulation of the California electricity markets by Enron and others during the State’s energy crisis.

Mr. Robbins first joined Shearman & Sterling in 1988 as a summer associate, and again as an associate in 1990 after a federal clerkship.  Throughout his tenure with the firm, Mr. Robbins has defended companies and individuals in civil securities class actions, antitrust, merger and tender offer litigation in state and federal courts.  He has also successfully litigated and tried commercial disputes in international and domestic arbitrations.

Mr. Robbins is a member of the firm’s Global Pro Bono Committee.

Selected Experience

  • Executives of multinational technology corporations in Department of Justice Antitrust Division grand jury investigations and prosecutions relating to alleged price-fixing cartels

Selected Teaching and Speaking

  • Faculty member, Trial Advocacy Program for the Office of the Prosecutor, International Criminal Court at the Hague, March 2013
  • Faculty member, US Department of Justice/Department of State-sponsored trial advocacy program for Kenyan prosecutors; Nairobi, Kenya (August 2011)
  • Moderator/Panelist, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer, The Ethics of Witness Preparation, Lake Tahoe, California (June 2011)
  • Ethics and Compliance Officers Organization Conference, First 72 Hours of an Investigation, Seattle, Washington, (September 2011)
  • Trial Advocacy Instructor, United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, along with a team of federal judges and U.S., French and UK practitioners; Arusha, Tanzania (November 2005 and March 2010)
  • International Bar Association, 13th Transnational Crime Conference: Cross-Border Bribery and Corruption Issues and the Role of Compliance: Paris, France (June 2010)
  • ABA White Collar Crime Conference: Developments in Criminal Securities Fraud; San Francisco, California (March 2009)
  • Cal Law Roundtable, Criminalization Of Noncompliance: How Do GC’s Protect Their Companies and Themselves?; San Francisco, California (October 2007)
  • Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, Compliance and Legal Division Conference, Document Destruction; Scottsdale, Arizona (March 2004) and Palm Desert, California (March 2005)
  • Securities and Exchange Commission, National Enforcement Conference, DOJ/SEC Coordination Strategies; Washington, D.C. (April 2004)
  • Department of Justice National Advocacy Center, Assistant Attorney General’s Panel on Prosecution of Corporations; Columbia, South Carolina (February 2004)
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation Academy, Investigative Tactics in Criminal Securities Fraud Cases, Quantico, Virginia (April 2001)

Selected Media



  • The American University, Washington College of Law, J.D., 1989, summa cum laude (ranked first in class)
    • Note and Comment Editor, The American University Law Review
      Published Note, “The War Powers Resolution after Fifteen Years: A Reassessment,” 38 Am.U.L.Rev.141 (1988)
  • University of California, Los Angeles, B.A. in Political Science (with honors), 1985



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